.45 ACP +P DoubleTap 160-grain Barnes TAC-XP

by
posted on March 20, 2012
doubletap160.jpg

At the 2012 SHOT Show, I spoke with Mike McNett of DoubleTap Ammunition and suggested he consider offering a lightweight bullet load for the .45 ACP at a velocity of about 1,050 to 1,100 fps. I told him I thought an ideal .45 ACP load would penetrate about 13 inches, expand at least 1.5 times its original diameter and have an impact velocity at 10 yards of around 1,000 fps.

A month later, this load arrived at my door. It is loaded with a 160-grain Barnes TAC-XP bullet specifically designed for DoubleTap at McNett's (and my) request. This particular load is a +P load and will push this bullet well in excess of 1,200 fps from a 5-inch barrel. Performance in gelatin was as expected and probably as optimal as you can get with a .45 ACP. I've asked McNett to offer a standard-pressure version of this load, specifically for aluminum-frame guns. Hopefully, he'll turn that request around just as fast. If he does, I'll stuff the magazine of my Commander full of them.

Load Handgun MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.45 ACP +P DoubleTap 160-grain Barnes TAC-XP Colt Commander (4.25-inch barrel) 1,248 14.0 .63 160

Latest

handgun with bullets and magazine
handgun with bullets and magazine

Review: Tisas PX-9 Gen 2 Pistol

The Wonder Nine gets reimagined with a new 9 mm from SDS Imports.

Why We Need to Encourage New Shooters to Get Training

When we can, we need to tell the new shooter that they really need to learn to walk before they can run. And then we need to help them find the kind of training that will give them the basics of safe gun handling and marksmanship.

First Look: BulletSafe Vital Protection 3 Vest

The BulletSafe Vital Protection 3 (VP3) Vest is a new and significant addition to BulletSafe’s impressive collection of life-saving products.

AAC Suppressor Brand Relaunches

Advanced Armament Company (AAC), known as “The Silent Authority” and pioneering leader in firearm sound suppression since 1994, has restructured and relaunched.

Is the .357 Magnum the Best Option for Personal Defense?

Time and data have also unquestionably revealed that when compared to these semi-auto-pistol cartridges, the .357 Magnum does a better job at stopping bad guys.

First Look: Viridian Weapon Technologies HS1 Hand Stop Laser

Viridian Weapon Technologies is rolling out a game-changing hand stop laser, the HS1, which is now available with an infrared beam.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.